The number of African airlines operating in the Angolan market has grown over the last few years due to improved safety conditions at Luanda Airport, said the chairman of airport management company Empresa Nacional de Exploração de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (Enana).
Manuel Ceita told Angolan news agency Angop that eight African airlines ran scheduled flights to Angola, and that others had shown interest in doing so and were now waiting for authorisation from the National Civil Aviation Institute (Inavic).
Ethiopian Airlines, Arik Air Nigeria, Equaflight from Congo Brazzaville, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Air Namibia, Mozambique’s LAM and South Africa’s SAA all offer flights to and from Angola.
Of these, only the Moroccan, Mozambican and Kenyan airlines have set up codeshare deals with Angolan airline Taag to run flights to Luanda.
Angop also reported that some airlines, such as Royal Air Maroc and Ethiopian Airlines, planned to increase their flights to Luanda, in order to respond to demand.
Following service agreements signed by Inavic and the aeronautical authorities of Botswana, the Central African Republic, Egypt, Cameroon and Tanzania, airlines from these countries are soon expected to start offering flights to Luanda. (macauhub)